The Nikon J2 had a run-in with a rainbow.
Release Date: September 2012
$550 USD With Lens
This Nikon 1 camera body comes in a wide variety of colors
to suit either your mood or your sense of fashion.
Of course, there's something to be said for having a cherry
red camera – you'll never misplace it and you'll definitely stand out in a crowd.
If the only notable thing about the J2 was its colors (which
have zero impact on its ability to
capture photos) then there would not be much to say about this camera. However,
the J2 does offer some slight upgrades over its predecessor the J1.
First, there's the addition of a new Creative Mode. Really, this is the same thing as "scene"
mode on a DSLR and it lets you select the type of picture you're trying to
capture: night landscape, backlighting, easy panorama, etc.
Second, the rear LCD screen on this camera has been
upgraded: the higher resolution screen makes displayed photos look sharper and
Finally, the size and layout of the controls has been
modified to improve useability. You probably won't notice this last one all
that much unless you've had a chance to use a J1 with its different controls.
- High Speed Autofocus – the
autofocus on the Nikon 1 cameras is exceptionally fast: not quite as fast
as a Nikon DSLR, but WAY faster than any compact digital camera you can
- High Speed Capture – at 60 images
per second you might as well just shoot a video, but if you really want to
capture bursts of images at an absurdly high speed, then the Nikon J2 is
just what you need.
- Built-in Flash – the built-in
flash on the J2 won't light up a room, but it will help if you need to
fill in shadows on a bright sunny day or when you're out at night and have
no other choice.
- Best Shot Selector – the J2 (like
the other Nikon 1 cameras) can capture a burst of images of a subject and
then selects the sharpest and best exposed from the bunch. This feature is
most useful for capturing portraits of kids and pets who don't sit still
- Compatible With Nikon Lenses –
with the optional Nikon FT1 mount adapter you can use any Nikon lens with
the J2. Yes, it makes the camera less portable but expands the range of
what you can capture.
The Not So Good
- No Mode Dial – if you want to use
any manual mode with the Nikon J2 you have to select it from a menu. There's
no easy access to anything beyond the basic automatic modes. Good for
beginners, not so good for more advanced photographers.
- Fixed LCD – the LCD screen on the
back of the camera isn't flexible. While not a total deal-breaker, I've
found that flexible LCD screens are useful more often than you'd expect,
especially on a small-sized camera.
- Smaller Sensor – as I discuss on
the main Nikon 1 page, these cameras all have sensors that are smaller
than the standard APS-C. This means more noise at high ISO settings and
less ability to blur the background in portraits.
Nikon J2 Features
|Memory Card||SD / SDHC / SDXC|
|Max. Shutter Speed||1/4000|
|Max. Photo Capture||10 per second|
|LCD||3 inch (921,000 dots)|
|Autofocus||Contrast AF (73 multi-point)|
|Face Detect AF||Yes|
|Aspect Ratios||3:2 and 16:9|
|Sensor Dimensions||13.2 x 8.8mm|
|ISO Range||100 to 6400|
|Movie Modes||H.264: 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)|
|Movie Sound||AAC Audio|
|Compatible Lenses||Nikon 1|
|Dimensions||4.2 x 2.4 x 1.2in|
106 x 61 x 29.8mm